Hello my, dear.✨

Today's idea comes from Dylan Redekop and his awesome newsletter Growth Currency. In this edition, he talks about the diminishing returns of self-help books.

There were times in my life where I ticked all boxes of a self-help junkie. I binged self-help books. I put quantity over quality in the hope something will stick and I'll finally find success and inner peace.

The opposite happened: The compulsion to be equipped with as many self-care tools as possible became another obligation and burden.

Dylan proposes another approach: Put depth over width; quality over quantity. One great chapter can change your life if you learn how to apply it with consistency.

The next time you consume self-help and discover a great idea, don't rush to the next chapter and the next book. Instead,
  1. Read the chapter thoroughly, and read it again;
  2. Taken notes when you read it for the second time;
  3. Phrase your takeaways in your own words;
  4. Teach or explain the takeaways to one person or write an essay about it;
  5. Apply the teachings in your life.

Only binge as long as you don't stumble upon something great. Once you do, dive deep.

I currently rely on a few great notions from a total of 5 books. I'm open to new ideas and love to share them with you here. However, don't feel the pressure to try them all, especially not at the same time.😉

Dylan's Growth Currency newsletter is an overall wonderful resource for professional growth. Every week, he collects tools, courses, tips, and resources to help you thrive as a creator. He helps you beat writer's block and creator's burnout, and gives hands-on advice for growing your audience, social media, and earning more.


Things I enjoyed in the past week

Note: You can find all articles and books I read, podcast episodes I listen to, and movies I watch on my virtual Bookshlf (the place where I list all digital content I consume).

👵 Diary: Grandmother's Journal
My sister recently gifted our grandma a ready-made journal about her life. It comes with questions about her grandparents and parents, children, and of course us grandchildren. There are prompts to describe the house and place she grew up in and write about the world events she lived through. She filled it all out and it became an incredible treasure which made me realize how little I knew about my beloved grandma so far. My grandma is Hungarian and so is the journal. The link above is a similar one in English I found.

⏰ Productivity: The Time Management Tips Collection
by Josh Spector
In this giant index, online creator Josh Spector collected all his tips on time management. Links range from The Complete Guide to Being on Time to How to Manage a Crazy Busy Life.

📸 Photography: Photo Editing: Respecting Context by Simon Sarris
In this post, Simon Sarris shows how he edits photos depending on the (emotional) context he took them in.  I liked this post because it doesn't talk about photography from a technical point of view. Instead, it considers photography to be a narration technique. Plus, you don't need a fancy camera to apply these - most smartphones do a perfect job.

🔧 Tool: just the punctuation by Clive Thompson
In this article, Thompson describes and links to a tool he made where you can strip your writing down to your mere punctuation. I played around with it for a little bit and realized how many quotes and dashes I use. In the end, you get a pretty image with a pastel background and your punctuation marks. I'm thinking of turning it into wall-art.

✍️ A Quote to Ponder: "You can't build your entire life around doing the opposite of the person you hate." - seen on Reddit


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